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Mini-bar cooking

Mini-bar cooking
Mini-bar cooking
J Riehm

Often times you see a food product that you'd really love to try, but the price tag may deter you, especially if you don't end up liking it. That's when small or sample sizes are a great option. They are also great when you are just cooking for one. And the mini-bar size makes them fun!

Here are 4 that I experimented with recently:

Roasted raspberry chipotle sauce - chicken, tilapia, salmon

Roasted mango chipotle sauce - pork, chicken, shrimp

Cook the meat, seasoned with salt and pepper, however you prefer. You can cook it on the stovetop, in the oven or on the grill. You can also leave the meat whole or cut it into strip or pieces. Once the meat is cooked through, pour the chipotle sauce over the top it, similar to how you would apply barbecue sauce. You may be tempted to cook the meat in the sauce, but it will burn onto the meat, so it is best to add it at the end, as a seasoning. Serve the meat with a side dish of your preference.

Basil oil - quinoa, scrambled eggs

Garlic oil - zucchini, asparagus

These oils add great flavor to a variety of dishes. In preparing a favorite quinoa recipe, adding basil oil will only enhance the flavor. Garlic oil is great to add to sautéed vegetables, such as zucchini or asparagus. Similar to sesame oil, these should be used as a seasoning to the dish versus cooking them in the basil or garlic oil.

Feel free to experiment and find your favorite way to use these sauces and oils.

Eat and enjoy!

Eat & enjoy!


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